Just a heads up to those of you in the area. We're having trouble keeping these tastings informative, interesting, and enjoyable on a weekly basis. Vendors are starting to use the opportunity as a way to hold us hostage for new positioning, i.e. "I'll do the tasting if you promise to bring in these new products."
Not really what I have in mind. The other problem is that we cannot (by law) conduct any part of the tasting, so if the rep doesn't show up for some reason then we're totally screwed. If it were a wine tasting I'd just jump behind the bar and do it myself, but we can't do that for spirits. We might move to a less consistent schedule, but offer more exiting tastings on a more sporadic timeframe.
We'll see how it goes.